The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year contract extension Tuesday.
Leighton, 34, agreed to a two-way deal which will play him $575,000 at the NHL level, a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. Leighton was set to become an unrestricted agent after having a one-year contract with the Blackhawks last season. He went 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .920 save percentage for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL last season. He also had five shutouts and was named the team’s MVP. He did not appear in an NHL game.
Leighton will likely be the third goaltender on the organization's depth chart behind Corey Crawford and Scott Darling. Leighton was behind Crawford, Darling and Antti Raanta last season. Raanta was traded to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Leighton has played in 105 career NHL games.